2018 Premier League Darts

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2018 Premier League Darts
Winner
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
Runner-up
England Michael Smith
Score
11–4
Dates
1 February – 17 May
Edition
14th
Number of players
10
Venues
15 (1 cancelled)
Premier League Darts
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The 2018 Unibet Premier League Darts was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation – the fourteenth edition of the tournament. The event began on Thursday 1 February at the 3Arena in Dublin and ended with the Play-offs at The O2 Arena in London on Thursday 17 May. This was the first year that the tournament is sponsored by Unibet.

Michael van Gerwen won his fourth Premier League title (and his third in a row, after winning in 2016 and 2017[1]) by defeating Michael Smith 11–4 in the final.

This was also the first time that the event has had a round in Germany, when the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin hosted the 4th round on 22 February.

Storm Emma resulted in the Exeter round of the event being postponed on 1 March. This was the first time ever since the Premier League started in 2005 that a whole round in the league phase of Premier League Darts was postponed. The same extreme conditions would also go on to cause severe problems in the staging of that weekends UK Open in Minehead which resulted in the event having to be played entirely behind closed doors. In 2010, the play-offs were postponed for 24 hours after a power cut at Wembley Arena.[2]

Format[edit]

The tournament format was identical to that since 2013. During the first nine weeks (Phase 1) each player played the other nine players once. The bottom two players were then eliminated from the competition. In the next six weeks (phase 2) each player played the other seven players once. Phase 2 consisted of four weeks where five matches were played followed by two weeks where four matches were played. At the end of phase 2, the top four players contested the two semi-finals and the final in the play-off week.

Venues[edit]

Republic of Ireland Dublin Wales Cardiff England Newcastle Germany Berlin
3Arena
Thursday 1 February
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Thursday 8 February
Metro Radio Arena
Thursday 15 February
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Thursday 22 February
The O2, Dublin - geograph.org.uk - 1670682.jpg Arena Rhyngwladol Caerdydd CIA.jpg Metroradio Arena, Newcastle.jpg Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin August 2015.JPG
England Exeter England Leeds England Nottingham Scotland Glasgow
Westpoint Arena
Thursday 1 March
(cancelled)
First Direct Arena
Thursday 8 March
Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Thursday 15 March
SSE Hydro
Thursday 22 March
Westpoint Arena, Devon County Showground.jpg Leeds First Direct Arena.jpeg Nottingham Ice Arena - geograph-678668.jpg Hydro under construction, June 2013..JPG
Northern Ireland Belfast England Liverpool England Sheffield Netherlands Rotterdam
SSE Arena Belfast
Thursday 29 March
Echo Arena Liverpool
Thursday 5 April (Judgement Night)
FlyDSA Arena
Thursday 12 April
Ahoy Rotterdam
Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 April
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England Manchester England Birmingham Scotland Aberdeen England London
Manchester Arena
Thursday 26 April
Arena Birmingham
Thursday 3 May
BHGE Arena
Thursday 10 May
The O2
Thursday 17 May
MEN Arena.jpg NIA, Birmingham.jpg Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.jpg The O2 Arena, entrance.jpg

Players[edit]

The players in this year's tournament were announced following the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship final on 1 January, with the top four of the PDC Order of Merit joined by six Wildcards.[3] This was the first time in the event's history in which Phil Taylor did not take part, following his decision to retire. Unlike in previous years the six wildcards were joint decisions by the PDC and Sky Sports this year. There were no PDC specific wildcards or Sky Sports specific wildcards.[4]

The tournament was noteworthy for its high-number of debuting players. Rob Cross qualified by right due to being in the world's top four at the end of the season, with wildcards going to World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney, Champions League winner Mensur Suljović, and world number 12 Gerwyn Price. In fact, only four of the previous year's ten players (van Gerwen, Wright, Anderson and van Barneveld) were included this year.

Player Appearance in
Premier League
Consecutive
Streak
Order of Merit
Rank
Previous best performance Qualification
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 6th 6 1 Winner (2013, 2016, 2017) PDC Order of Merit
Scotland Peter Wright 5th 5 2 Runner-up (2017) PDC Order of Merit
England Rob Cross 1st 1 3 Debut PDC Order of Merit
Scotland Gary Anderson 8th 8 5 (4)[a] Winner (2011, 2015) PDC Order of Merit
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 1st 1 6 Debut Wildcard
Austria Mensur Suljović 1st 1 7 Debut Wildcard
Australia Simon Whitlock 6th 1 9 Runner-up (2012) Wildcard
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 13th 13 12 Winner (2014) Wildcard
England Michael Smith 2nd 1 10 10th (2016) Wildcard
Wales Gerwyn Price 1st 1 13 Debut Wildcard
  1. ^ Phil Taylor, who was ranked 4th in the PDC Order of Merit following the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship, retired following the tournament. Anderson therefore received the 4th automatic spot.

Prize money[edit]

The prize fund remained the same as last year, £825,000.[5]

Stage Prize Money
Winner £250,000
Runner-up £120,000
Semi-finalists £80,000
5th place £65,000
6th place £55,000
7th place £50,000
8th place £45,000
9th place £30,000
10th place £25,000
League Winner Bonus £25,000
Total £825,000

League stage[edit]

[6][7]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Please note these are not calculated properly and are not indicative of actual averages for each night.

Play-offs – 17 May[edit]

England The O2 Arena, London

Score
[23]
Semi-finals (best of 19 legs)
Michael van Gerwen Netherlands
103.65
10–6 England Rob Cross
96.04
Michael Smith England
97.49
10–6 Scotland Gary Anderson
95.35
Final (best of 21 legs)
Michael van Gerwen Netherlands
112.37
11–4 England Michael Smith
97.01
Night's Total Average: 100.32
Highest Checkout: Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 128
Most 180s: Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 16
Night's 180s: 40

Table and streaks[edit]

Table[edit]

After the first nine weeks (phase 1), the bottom two in the table are eliminated. In the next six weeks (phase 2) the eight remaining players each play a further seven matches. The top four players then compete in the playoffs.

Two points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw. When players are tied on points, leg difference is used first as a tie-breaker, after that legs won against throw and then tournament average.

# Name Pts Matches Legs Scoring
Pld W D L LF LA +/- LWAT 100+ 140+ 180s A[24] HC C%
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 23 16 11 1 4 103 60 43 38 192 128 56 103.56 170 45.37%
2 England Michael Smith 20 16 9 2 5 90 66 24 37 157 119 41 95.21 160 42.45%
3 Scotland Gary Anderson 19 16 8 3 5 95 80 15 33 205 114 57 99.11 170 42.04%
4 England Rob Cross 19 16 8 3 5 87 82 5 32 192 103 54 97.33 144 44.85%
5 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 16 16 4 8 4 89 88 1 32 195 132 67 96.77 167 38.70%
6 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 16 16 6 4 6 80 88 -8 27 215 131 42 95.01 167 38.28%
7 Scotland Peter Wright 14 16 4 6 6 74 94 -20 27 226 142 31 96.17 132 39.78%
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 13 16 5 3 8 74 92 -18 26 169 105 43 92.77 164 37.00%
9 Austria Mensur Suljović 4 9 2 0 7 40 53 -13 12 153 87 14 99.06 138 44.44%
10 Wales Gerwyn Price 2 9 0 2 7 32 61 -29 12 112 53 11 89.67 148 32.99%

Last updated: 10 May 2018
Source: Match reports from the results section.

Top four will qualify for the Play-offs after Week 14.
NB: LWAT = Legs Won Against Throw. A = Average. C% = Checkout Percentage. HC = High Checkout.

Streaks[edit]

Player Phase 1, Weeks 1 to 9 Phase 2, Weeks 10 to 14 Play-offs
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11A 11B 12 13 14 SF F
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen W L W W W W W W W W L L D W W L W W
England Michael Smith W W W W L W L W W L L W W L D D W L
Scotland Gary Anderson L W L D D D W W L W W W W L L W L Eliminated
England Rob Cross L L W W W W W L W W W L D D L D L
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney D L D L D D W W D W L L W D D D Eliminated
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld D W L L W D W L L L L W W D W D
Scotland Peter Wright D W L D L L L D D L W W D L W D
Australia Simon Whitlock W W W L L D L D W L L L L W L D
Austria Mensur Suljović L L L W W L L L L Eliminated
Wales Gerwyn Price D L D L L L L L L
  • NB: W = Win, D = Draw, L = Loss, NP = Not Played

Positions by Week[edit]

Player Phase 1, Weeks 1 to 9 Phase 2, Weeks 10 to 14
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11A 11B 12 13 14
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 1 5 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
England Michael Smith 3 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 2 2 2
Scotland Gary Anderson 9 6 6 6 7 6 5 4 5 4 3 2 4 4 3
England Rob Cross 10 10 9 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 4
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 6 7 7 9 9 8 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 5
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 4 3 5 7 5 5 4 6 7 7 7 6 6 6 6
Scotland Peter Wright 7 4 4 4 8 9 9 8 8 8 8 7 8 7 7
Australia Simon Whitlock 2 1 1 3 3 4 6 5 4 6 6 8 7 8 8
Austria Mensur Suljović 8 9 10 8 6 7 8 9 9 Eliminated
Wales Gerwyn Price 5 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "2018 Unibet Premier League - Glasgow". PDC. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  15. ^ "2018 Unibet Premier League - Belfast". PDC. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
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  24. ^ "2018 Premier League Stats: Tournament Average". Retrieved 1 February 2018.

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